How important is chain of custody?


SC acquits 2 individuals of drug charges due to broken chain of custody 01/24/24 The Supreme Court (SC) has acquitted two individuals of drug charges due to a broken chain of custody. In a 22-page decision, the SC Second Division reversed and set aside the ruling of the Court of Appeals (CA) and acquitted Francis Valencia and Ryan Antipuesto of cha...

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Evidence Technician - Brunswick County Sheriff's Office - Bolivia, NC


Salary: 44k-52k based on Training and Experience Job Requirements: Qualifications: High School Diploma Required. Completion of some relevant college-level coursework preferred.Experience in clerical work or inventory management strongly preferred.Knowledge of laws pertaining to Property and Evidence in the state of North Carolina preferred.Basic co...

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Ammo Theft


KY state trooper assigned to Gov. Beshear security charged with stealing police ammo May 29th, 2024 Note: This story is not directly related to evidence rooms.  However, many of us wear many hats in the agency and this is something to be aware of. A Kentucky State Police trooper who was assigned to an executive security detail for Gov. Andy Be...

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This story is not getting any better.


FDLE criminal probe of Starke Police: Guns, money, drugs among 2,500 pieces of missing evidence April 3rd, 2024 STARKE, Fla. — Action News Jax's Ben Becker is getting answers about a Northeast Florida police department now under a state criminal investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Bradford County Sheriff Gordon Smith informe...

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Unsecured evidence is a epidemic!


Officials grapple with major shakeups of Starke's city government March 22nd, 2024 JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — As of March 1, the Starke Police Department has been absorbed by the Bradford County Sheriff's Office. This comes as part of a series of changes within Starke's government that included a resignation by the city clerk and a raid of City Hall by t...

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Change the locks or at least the key cards!


'Broken his oath.' Former Kentucky police officer jailed in drug thefts from office March 1st, 2024 A former Kentucky police officer who stole drugs from the evidence room because of his addiction was sentenced to five years in prison Thursday. Michael Correll, a former captain with the Somerset Police Department, pleaded guilty to a total of 20 fe...

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The rats did what?


'They're all high': Louisiana police say rats eating marijuana in evidence room March 12th, 2024 New Orleans superintendent tells council committee that rodents have infested the building and requests to move headquarters Cops in New Orleans are on the tail of a brazen gang of narcotics traffickers who broke into the evidence room at police headqua...

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Property Evidence Manager - New Port Richey, Fl


Salary: $64,411.42 Annually Job Requirements: BA/BS degree from an accredited college or university is required. An associate's degree or 60+ hours from an accredited college or university and two (2) years of law enforcement or active military service may be considered in lieu of the BA/BS requirement. HighSchool Diploma and four (4) years of...

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Guilty! Next stop prison.


Former Kentucky officer pleads guilty in connection to drug thefts from evidence room January 20th, 2024 A former Somerset police officer has pleaded guilty in connection with stealing drugs from the evidence room at the police department. Michael Correll, 45, pleaded guilty Jan. 18 to 11 charges of third-degree burglary; four charges of tapering w...

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During a DV investigation cops find stolen firearms.


Former Kentucky FBI agent pleads guilty to federal charges, admits taking guns from storage November 28th, 2023 LEXINGTON, Ky. — A former Central Kentucky FBI agent pleaded guilty Monday to federal charges after he illegally took guns from an FBI storage office, according to court records. Michael Van Aelstyn, 45, pleaded guilty to obstruction of j...

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Is $73,000 worth your job?


Former Kensett police chief accused of stealing $73,000 in city funds December 5th, 2023 The former Kensett police chief was arrested Tuesday in the theft of about $73,000 in city funds, the Arkansas State Police said in a news release. John Pollard was arrested on felony charges of theft of property and abuse of office, the release says. At the ti...

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Missing/Corrupted evidence! Where is yours being stored?


Bibb County investigators lost and damaged evidence in Macon murder case, judge says October 3rd, 2023 A superior court judge ruled Tuesday that the Bibb County district attorney's office and sheriff's office mishandled evidence and acted in bad faith in a murder case set to go to trial this month. Investigators lost text messages and a doorbell vi...

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Forensic Genealogy helps identify a victim!


Orange County Sheriff's Office identifies woman in 1990 cold case murder September 28th, 2023 HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. (WNCN) — The Orange County Sheriff's Office identified an unknown woman decades after her murder in 1990. Using new technology and forensic genealogy, investigators identified a woman found by road crews 33 years ago. Experts believe som...

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Ex-Chief "accidently" takes home $18,000 from the evidence room


Former Kentucky police chief accused in $25,000 theft going to jail in federal case September 15th, 2023 A former Kentucky police chief was sentenced Friday to five months behind bars after being accused of stealing more than $25,000. Jason D. Cross, who was police chief in Columbia, took the money between February 2020 and February 2021, according...

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Another cold case solved by a familial DNA match


Arrest in 1994 cold case killing of woman found slain in her Springfield home September 11th, 2023 A suspect has been arrested in the murder of a Virginia woman dating back almost three decades, detectives in Northern Virginia announced Monday. The victim, Robin Lawrence, 37, was found stabbed to death in her home on Reseca Lane in Springfield on N...

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Backed logged rape kits - What are you doing with them?


Verify: How often does evidence from rape kits lead to criminal charges? August 18th, 2023 CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Sexual assault evidence collection kits are used to recover DNA from a victim after an assault in the hopes it will lead to an arrest. But how often does this evidence actually result in criminal charges? North Carolina is currently working ...

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Genetic Genealogy identifies victim from 1997


Sheriff's office identifies Flagler Beach cold case murder victim as investigation continues August 17th, 2023 Robert Bruce McPhail's body was found bound, shot and stabbed in the Intracoastal Waterway. A cold case is one step closer to being solved now that the body of a man found in the Intracoastal before the turn of the century has been identif...

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Former Bullitt Co. chief deputy arrested for stealing, defacing firearm


The 2017 indictment stems from Cottrell stealing drugs from the Bullitt County Sheriff's Office August 14, 2023 A former Bullitt County Sheriff's Office chief deputy has again been arrested. John Cottrell, 54, was charged with receiving stolen property (firearm) and possession of a defaced firearm. He was arrested Wednesday at UPS Worldport in Loui...

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Audit finds former Kensett police chief received overpayments, money, guns missing


According to the report, the police department also found Sept. 29, 2020, that "seized currency of $6,723" was missing from the evidence room.Enter Headline here July 2, 2023 A state audit found that former Kensett Police Chief John Pollard received payroll overpayments of more than $66,000 over the last three years, while there were "no confiscati...

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Sheriff's office correcting evidence warehouse issues


Department detectives have "been out there every Friday" clearing out old evidence, Youngman said, and that the warehouse looks "so much more like an evidence room after the hard work they've done." May 31, 2023 May 31—The Daviess County Sheriff's Office has corrected some of the issues identified by the Kentucky Association of Chiefs of Police tha...

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Lawyer: Cash accidentally burned; Ex-ODPS officer on trial for missing money


Byrd testified that during the audit, SLED discovered there were allegedly 21 files which had last been modified by Shultz which had currency missing. March 30, 2023 The attorney for a former Orangeburg officer says his client accidentally burned evidence room money. Former Orangeburg Department of Public Safety Lt. Carl Wayne Shultz is charged wit...

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Former officer convicted of taking guns, money from evidence in South Carolina


As a result, he was sentenced to 10 years in prison and suspended to one year of active time with probation afterward. The sentence was handed down by Judge Bentley Price. February 10, 2023 SUMMERVILLE, S.C. — A former South Carolina police officer has been sentenced to prison time followed by probation after an investigation found he took money an...

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10Investigates: KPD officer kept evidence, citations, sex doll for months, years in cruiser


The officer was fired in June after an internal investigation found some of the items should have been turned into the department years ago.Enter Headline here December 21m 2022 KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The officer's cruiser told Knoxville police all they needed to know. Stashed in the Knoxville Police Department vehicle were various items that belonged ...

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8 hurt in fire at NYPD warehouse where evidence is stored


 "It's mainly evidence but we store other things there as well," he said. December 14, 2022 NEW YORK (AP) — Eight people suffered minor injuries Tuesday in a fire at a New York Police Department warehouse that houses DNA evidence from crime scenes as well as cars, e-bikes and motor scooters, police and fire officials said. The fire at the Erie...

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State won’t file charges in Pulaski Sheriff’s Office missing money case


no charges will be filed by the state in the case of around $25,000 missing from the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office evidence room. November 29, 2022 According to a report in the Commonwealth Journal in Somerset, no charges will be filed by the state in the case of around $25,000 missing from the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office evidence room. The K...

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KSP detective testifies about missing PCSO money


An evidentiary hearing in a burglary case became the backdrop for a Kentucky State Police (KSP) detective to publicly testify about the ongoing investigation of money missing from the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office's evidence room. Septemeber 19, 2022 An evidentiary hearing in a burglary case became the backdrop Monday for a Kentucky State Po...

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Former Enfield officer indicted on 58 child pornography counts


The indictments showed multiple instances of drugs and evidence in the form of cash and coins — more than $12,000 — being taken from the Enfield Police Department's evidence room. September 14, 2022 A former Enfield police officer already facing charges associated with evidence tampering now faces 58 counts of third-degree sexual exploitation of mi...

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Former Shelby County Criminal Court clerk staffer indicted for stolen evidence


The investigation originated when a family member of a victim came to the evidence room to get their belongings. Septemeber 9, 2022 MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - A former employee of the Shelby County Criminal Court Clerk's Office was indicted last month for stealing cash from evidence. Steven Sharp, a former principal clerk, is accused of stealing at lea...

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KSP investigating theft from PCSO evidence room


Kentucky State Police are investigating the disappearance of around $25,000 cash August 23, 2022 The Pulaski County Sheriff's Office and Kentucky State Police are investigating the disappearance of around $25,000 cash from within the Sheriff's Office evidence room, as reported this week by Sheriff Greg Speck. The money was discovered missing after ...

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Police accused her of making up her rape, then destroyed the evidence


A CNN survey in 2018 found that police at dozens of agencies nationwide had trashed 400 rape kits in cases that could have been prosecuted. August 11, 2022 WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, Vt. — Gretchen Van Winkle was transfixed as the hit Netflix series "Unbelievable" played across her TV screen in 2019. The dramatized version of a true story of one woman's...

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Charlotte police arrest group of bicyclists, charge them with reckless driving after assault


More Bikes July 28, 2022 Charlotte, N.C. — A group of bicyclists were charged with reckless driving last Thursday by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. Police said an assault committed earlier by one of the cyclists in uptown Charlotte led them to the bicycle gang. Five bikes were seized during the arrest, the police posted Tuesday on Twi...

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MCDONALD: Poor police work in North Carolina is letting rapists go free


The chain of custody is one of the first elements a good defense attorney will scrutinize. If he or she can prove a break in the chain of custody, the evidence is not admissible at trial July 18, 2022 There is a sexual assault taking place right now. Every 68 seconds, someone in America is sexually assaulted. More than 97% of perpetrators get off s...

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Former Tennessee sheriff's deputy indicted for attempting to sell a forfeited vehicle to himself


Former Deputy Daniel Jacobs, an evidence custodian for the department, July 18, 2022 The Center Square) — A former Tipton County Sheriff's deputy was indicted on three charges this week after he allegedly attempted to sell a vehicle to himself. Former Deputy Daniel Jacobs, an evidence custodian for the department, allegedly posted a 2010 Lincoln MK...

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Stolen guns that went unnoticed at BRPD show gap in oversight, retired police officer says


"Someone dropped the ball," Dewey said. June 20, 2022 Benjamin Zeringue was arrested Monday charged with injuring public records, malfeasance in office and theft of firearms. He posted an $18,000 bond. Arrest records show on two different occasions in 2018 and once in 2019, the former officer seized three different firearms during traffic stops. "I...

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NAKAMOTO: Police chief denies taking missing money from evidence room


The missing money involves a homicide case, according to Iberville Parish Sheriff  June 20, 2022 ST. GABRIEL - St. Gabriel Police Chief Kevin Ambeau is denying any wrongdoing after search warrants were executed on his home and the police department this week.The warrants were done in conjunction with the Iberville Parish Sheriffs Office and th...

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Brothers arrested by disgraced narcotics officer get reduced sentences amid investigation into corruption at BRPD


 The allegations against Acree include accusations of stealing drugs from an evidence locker June 16, 2022 Deandre Robertson and Darryl Robertson were previously sentenced on drug charges in December 2019 and February 2020, respectively, related to the same case dating back to 2016. Darryl was serving a 15-year sentence, while Deandre was sent...

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Deputies seize cellphones from St. Gabriel police chief's home and office


"they noticed that $3,500 that was supposed to be locked away in evidence June 17, 2021 ST. GABRIEL - The Iberville Parish Sheriff's Office executed search warrants at St. Gabriel Police Chief Kevin Ambeau's home and office Wednesday afternoon. According to Iberville Sheriff Brett Stassi, search warrants were issued in connection to missing evidenc...

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Seized guns sold to buy police cruiser, says Newton County sheriff


"I read this law. I thought I was in the right". June 4, 2022 Newton County Sheriff Glenn Wheeler said he thought he was following state law when he sold 103 seized guns to a Kansas gun dealer for $12,150 and had him cut a check to the Harrison Toyota dealer so the sheriff's office could buy a vehicle. "I read this law. I thought I was in the right...

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$27K of seized cash missing from Tennessee police department, other issues found


Both the evidence custodian and the former captain stated they had, at times, "borrowed" cash for personal purchases and would later pay back the "borrowed" funds. nJune 2, 2022 LIVINGSTON, Tenn. (WZTV) — The Tennessee Comptroller's Office has reported that $27,000 is missing from an evidence room at the Livingston Police Department. An investigati...

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Alabama auditors cite chaotic evidence room, missing guns in Brookside


"Nineteen firearms listed on the Police Department's evidence log were not found during the inventory," April 15,2022 Alabama auditors today issued a scathing report on the town of Brookside, detailing haphazard treatment of evidence, missing guns, unexplained extra guns, an unmarked trash bag filled with prescription medicines, undocumented s...

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Investigation Finds Questionable Cash-Handling Within Jackson-Madison County Metro Narcotics Unit


"State law requires that municipal funds be deposited no later than three working days after they are received," April 01, 2022 An investigation by the Tennessee Comptroller's Office focuses on the activities of a Jackson Police Captain who has managed the administrative aspects of the Jackson-Madison County Metro Narcotics Unit's (JMCMNU) seizures...

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Convicted murderer charged in 1982 cold case murder of Fort Benning soldier


In 2020, the GBI created a cold case unit with retired GBI investigators to look into unsolved murders like Blackmore's. April 10, 2022 COLUMBUS, Ga. — A convicted murderer serving a life sentence is now the suspect in the 1982 death of Fort Benning soldier who disappeared 40 years ago. A Chattahoochee County grand jury indicted Marcellus McCluster...

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Burglary of Little Rock police evidence facility unlikely to affect pending cases, Pulaski County prosecutor says


It estimated the value of stolen evidence to be $20,000. March 22, 2022 After an unknown number of items were stolen last week from a Little Rock Police Department evidence-storage facility, a Pulaski County prosecutor was informed that the break-in did not affect cases pending with his office. John Johnson, the chief deputy prosecuting attorney fo...

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Little Rock police property room broken into, assistant chief says


Officials were taking inventory to identify everything that was taken.  March 18, 2022 A property room used by Little Rock police was broken into between Sunday night and early Monday morning, Assistant Chief Heath Helton said during a weekly news briefing Wednesday at Little Rock City Hall. Helton described the facility as "kind of a holding ...

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Former police chief charged with stealing from city


Jason Cross, of Columbia, is accused of stealing more than $25,000 from the police department's evidence locker and drug purchase fund March 12, 2022 BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — A former police chief in Kentucky has been charged with stealing from the city where he worked. A federal grand jury on Thursday indicted Jason D. Cross, 44, of Columbia, all...

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Man sentenced after police find loaded gun in his buttocks during strip search


Not In My Evidence Room!!! September 19, 2019 A Louisiana man chose the cheekiest of places when he needed to find a quick hiding spot for his gun. Justin Savoie, 24, pleaded guilty Friday to weapons charges after police in the town of Golden Meadow — who were arresting him late last year on a separate matter — discovered he had stashed a loaded .2...

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Former Police Chief Faked Death to Evade Charges, Officials Say


Last spring, Mr. Spivey was charged with more than 70 felonies, including stealing or destroying evidence, embezzlement and opioid trafficking, stemming from his time as the police chief in Chadbourn Mach 1, 2022 William Anthony Spivey, who resigned last year as the Chadbourn, N.C., police chief after a misconduct investigation, has been charged wi...

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Changes implemented at Summerville PD following former officer's arrest

He was accused of taking nearly $7,500 from their evidence room. February 11, 2022  SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (WCIV) — New changes have been implemented at the Summerville Police Department. This comes after a third audit was completed by SLED after a former officer was accused of selling evidence to a pawn shop back in 2020. "Any time someone tarnish...

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WVTM 13 Investigates: Work to erase huge rape kit backlog continues in Jefferson County

Nearly 4,000 rape kits went untested for decades February 7, 2022 BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — A special team of investigators, prosecutors and advocates are helping eliminate a large rape kit backlog in Jefferson County. So far, more than a third of the untested sexual assault kits have now been sent to a state forensics lab. Learn more in the video above. ...

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Jury awards 3 KSP troopers $900K in whistleblower case

"This gentleman thought it was a good idea — if, for whatever reason — to steal this evidence from an open case," Burton said. "And then stamp the property form, evidence form, destroyed by fire when in fact they weren't destroyed by fire." February 11, 2022 LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A jury awarded three Kentucky State troopers nearly $1 million as...

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